‘Poverty is the modern day dompas’
Cecilie Palmer, who was arrested during apartheid and brought to Constitution Hill, says poverty is the modern day dompas.
JOHANNESBURG - The Thuli Madonsela Foundation is holding a Women’s Day dialogue at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Wednesday as part of its ongoing so-called demologues to interrogate the country's democracy.
The talk is being chaired by the former public protector.
One of the challenges highlighted by struggle activist Cecilie Palmer, who was arrested during apartheid and brought to Constitution Hill, is that poverty is the modern day dompas.
“Some of us were thrown in here because of a guy named Jimmy Kruger, the then minister of justice, who felt that we were a danger to the state.”
Local musician PJ Powers, who is also on the panel, says to ignore people who are less fortunate is a crime.
“It should be punishable actually, that’s how far I would go.”
Mandonsela says through these talks, she hopes to help foster better ways of adapting democracy to work for all citizens.